Samsung supports IOC’s decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Marco Green
March 27, 2020

On Tuesday night, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach agreed to postpone the games one year until the summer of 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Bach said in a conference call on Wednesday morning that a call would take place with the 33 worldwide sports federations on Thursday to discuss the matter.

"Imagine what this could mean for all of us", Bach says in the video.

"Our mission is to organize Games and make dreams of athletes come true", he said, before reiterating the IOC's stance that the rearranged Games should take place before the end of summer 2021, though the actual date would not be fixed to the summer months.

The IOC's announcement that the Games will still be known as Tokyo 2020 will allay some of the fears of partners who have put marketing funds into campaigns based on that branding but some companies are unsure of how to proceed.

Samsung is supporting the IOC's decision to postpone the Olympics until next year and has confirmed that it will work closely with the organizers 'to ensure a safe and memorable Olympic Games'. That leaves the door open for the Games to be held earlier in the year, if necessary.

Speaking to reporters, Japan Olympic Committee President Yasuhiro Yamashita called for refocusing efforts.

Bach is painting the postponement of the Olympic Games as an opportunity now, as a "light at the end of the tunnel" that is the global coronavirus Pandemic.

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee had also endorsed a delay to the start of the Games, citing in a statement Monday "the enormous disruptions to the training environment, doping controls and qualification process".

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